Of 1338 patients with esophageal cancer admitted in the first department of surgery of the University of Padova between 1980 and 1987, 239 (17.9%) were 70 years of age or older at the time of diagnosis. 67 selected patients (28%) underwent surgical resection, which was performed without thoracotomy in 36 cases. The resection was curative in 51 cases, and palliative in 16. The overall hospital mortality rate was 6%. Advanced age was not related to an increased risk of anastomotic leakage, pulmonary complications, and hospital death. Actuarial survival rate of elderly patients who underwent curative resection was 70% at 1 year, 42% at 3 years, and 30% at 5 years, which is comparable (even without correction for age) with the survival of patients younger than 70 years.
|Title of host publication||Diseases of the Esophagus|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1988|
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